The discovery of a World War Two bomb has halted construction on the foundations of yachstman Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup headquarters in Portsmouth.
The device was found yesterday afternoon at Camber Dock during site investigation work ahead of piling.
The shell was discovered under an existing concrete floor slab.
Police enforced an exclusion zone in the vicinity of the project, and a Royal Navy bomb disposal squad was able to dispose of the device.
Construction workers have been instructed to keep a close watch out for other ordnance, a frequent problem in the Portsmouth area given its wartime history.
Work on the £80M sailing base began last week and is due to be completed in May next year. It is central to Portsmouth’s bid to bring the 2017 America’s Cup to the UK.
The project team is being led by Jonathan Goring, formerly managing director of Capita, who also worked on the London 2012 Olympics. The rest of the team includes HGP Architects, who worked on Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower, main contractor Allied Developments, structural engineers Reuby and Stagg, and environmental consultants Couch Perry Wilkes.